Modern Alchemists

Life and death will come together at the Capitol Arcade in Cardiff. This is the theme of the second of its kind, an show which opens this week, and the exhibiting artists are all young (supposedly) and talented. Emerging artists, to use the art-world lingo, have such a difficult time. The words most often on an artists’ lips are: “how can I get my work shown in an exhibition”? And in the last blog post, Open House, I said that it is so refreshing to see artists as self starters, getting their work out there and making their own exhibitions happen, however small.

It is such a shame that TactileBosch closed recently. It had been a space, in the centre of Cardiff that really looked out for emerging artists and supported their practices. Their ‘experimental’ approach to showing art became evident at their closing event – see photos for a taster of the TactileBosh experience

So this exhibition should be interesting: ‘Birth, Death and Hereafter’ is an easy concept to grasp. And the location of the exhibition is great- you can’t get better than a shopping centre to promote your artwork. And you never know who you’ll meet – critics, curators other artist…buyers even!

Best piece of advice from a curator to an artist: talk, talk, talk. Most people won’t understand where your ideas come from, and how they translate onto the canvas / photograph / sculptural form.

And for anyone who’s visiting: take a look and talk to people – ask the artist (if they’re there) what the work means. Grill them and they’ll let you know their views.

After all, most of us like talking about ourselves…



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